>From: Joanna Zylinska <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Community (6/15/05; e-journal issue)
>Electronic journal Culture Machine invites submissions for its special
>2006 COMMUNITY issue.
>Culture Machine <http://www.culturemachine.net> is an international,
>open access, peer-reviewed electronic journal whose aim is to promote
>original, exploratory work in the areas of cultural studies and critical
>theory. It seeks to generate possibilities for new areas of
>In recent years, the notion of the community has emerged as an important
>as well as contested field of cultural and theoretical exploration. In
>his influential study Imagined Communities (1983), social anthropologist
>Benedict Anderson discusses the concept of the community as it is
>related to the idea of the nation. As an imagined cultural and
>political artifact, žthe nationÓ provides a collectivity with a sense of
>continuity and cohesiveness, while concealing the foundational violence
>that underlies such collective myth. While AndersonŪs articulation of
>the community is still largely circumscribed by the political concept of
>the nation state, philosophical inquiries into the notion of the
>community by Jean-Luc Nancy (The Inoperative Community, 1983), Maurice
>Blanchot (The Unavowable Community, 1983) and Giorgio Agamben (The
>Coming Community, 1993), seek to open it up toward a broader
>politico-ethical context. NancyŪs call for the deconstruction of the
>immanent community has been particularly influential: community as the
>dominant Western political formation, founded upon a totalizing,
>exclusionary myth of national unity, must be tirelessly žunworkedÓ in
>order to accommodate more inclusive and fluid forms of dwelling together
>in the world, of being-in-common.
>In this issue, we propose to engage in multiple explorations of the
>community as a socio-historical, politico-ethical and cultural
>* With the demise of the traditional community as related to the
>nation-state, what alternative formations or new collectivities, bound
>together by a very different nexus of belonging, have emerged in its
>* How viable is the metaphor of the žglobalÓ community (the global
>* Can the community be predicated on the ethical, perhaps cosmopolitan
>vision of sharing and unimpeded border-crossing, or is it, on the
>contrary, yet another homogenizing, totalizing fantasy that only
>benefits the empire of the capital?
>* How does it relate to such increasingly unstable concepts as
>žcitizenshipÓ or žmulticulturalismÓ?
>* What is the function of the community in the rapidly shifting
>geopolitical context, of which the European community is a particularly
>fecund contemporary example, as is a plethora of its postcolonial,
>post-Western articulations (in the Middle East and Africa, for
>* Is there community after communism?
>* To what extent does Hardt and Negri's žmultitudeÓ (Empire, 2004;
>Multitude, 2004) represent a new form of community (one made up of a
>multiplicity of singularities)?
>* Among the newly emergent formations, the notion of žthe virtual
>communityÓ is of particular interest. We would like to investigate the
>virtual communities that have mushroomed in numerous guises: as both
>cultural avant-garde and cultural decadence; as the mainstay of
>political conservatism (white supremacy networks) and the forum for
>politically progressive forces (international peace coalitions).
>* Finally, are we perhaps moving towards the žunworkingÓ of the
>community to a degree when it ceases to be a žworkableÓ concept
>In reflecting on the notion of community, this special issue of Culture
>Machine also aspires to become a meeting place for the community of
>minds; indeed, a site of community in its most basic sense of
>communication and circulation of meaning.
>Please send an abstract of 500-750 words to Dr. Dorota Glowacka, at
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>1. The deadline for submitting abstracts is June 15, 2005. All
>contributors will be notified soon after the deadline whether their
>abstract has been selected.
>2. The deadline for completed papers is October 20, 2005. All papers
>will be peer-reviewed.
>Dr Joanna Zylinska
>Department of Media and Communications
>Goldsmiths College, University of London
>New Cross, London SE14 6NW, UK
>*** New book - The Ethics of Cultural Studies - out now ***
>My website: http://www.joannazylinska.net
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